Girls prefer single-sex PE Classes and sporting activities
Researchers have found that mixed-sex sporting activities at school reinforce existing gender stereotypes that boys are ‘better’ at sport, leading to girls being discouraged from taking part. In addition, especially during adolescence when girls are highly conscious of body image and weight, they are reluctant to wear physical education (PE) uniforms or take part in PE classes and sporting activities with boys. Unsurprisingly, multiple studies find that girls prefer female-only PE classes, sports, fitness activities and outdoor education.
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Helping girls grow: A social, emotional, and academic development framework and program.
“At Loreto College we purposefully educate girls to help shape their self-concept, self-efficacy, and self-confidence so that they develop the knowledge and skills required to reject and overcome the gender stereotypes that attempt to define them. Societal gender imbalances that we see represented in different professions and life outcomes (such as equal pay and leadership acquisition) are more likely to be influenced from school age if social and cultural influences that exist outside of school are replicated within it. Our job as educators of girls is to ensure that girls are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to overcome these challenges, and thus to actively challenge these norms and achieve equitable life outcomes in comparison to boys. ” – Dr Nicole Archard.
Read the full article on the success of our award-winning wellbeing program in the latest Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Journal here.